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By Andi Bourne

Fingers Fly - Feet Dance to French Creole


October 12, 2017

Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

L'Esprit Creole requested the audience participate in a French-Catholic tradition of the Twelfth Night. They played the song that kicks off the King's Ball called "Chevalier de la Table Ronde," in English "Knights of the Round Table." Everyone pretended to have a glass and raised it in the air. When asked by the king in the song if the drink was good, they responded "Oui, Oui." When asked if someone could take their drink, they dropped their glass and responded "No, No."

SEELEY LAKE – Dennis Stroughmatt and L'Esprit Creole engaged the audience with their fast fingers, traditional stories and introduction to the Illinois French language and culture at their concert Sunday, Oct. 8 at Seeley-Swan High School. While many of the vocals were in Illinois French, they translated the storyline between songs.

One of the common themes that guitarist Doug Hawe warned the audience was, "the pretty, beautiful, slow songs is most likely about death and destruction." Stroughmatt added, "The prettier the song, the worse it is for the people in the song." This became th...

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